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she has made more than 5,500 jars of some of the most delicious jelly you will ever eat. She freezes the grapes she picks on the island and makes batch after batch until she runs out. Sea grapes are a very tolerant plant. They are vital to the beach’s infrastructure, as they form a natural barrier between the sea and the land. They catch sand that would otherwise blow away, act as a windbreak for homes on the beach, and their thick roots intertwine into the dunes, helping to hold them in place. They are also prime spots for animals and birds to make their homes, as they are very dense. This description is very reminiscent of Kris. Her roots are very deep here, and while people come and go from the island she always remains. She catches the strays, she makes everyone feel loved. Her love of life, of the island and of her friends and family is so dense, so surrounding, it's tangible. For her to receive such recognition from a company that she has served so well is truly admirable. We all love you, Kris, and it's a beautiful thing to see that love commemorated so well. Model Tara Clark in the Rene style of Lilly dress above, in the Elsa blouse at right, and in the romper, bottom right. little girl’s dress.” The creative genius behind Jam Out is Ashley Begley, a young, beautiful blond Lilly designer who Kris knows well. “She redesigned my jelly jar labels about three or four years ago,” Kris said. Kris and her father made jelly out of everything – star fruit, strawberries, and sea grapes. He died more than 18 years ago from cancer, and it was then when Kris became so active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life program. When she couldn't think of a proper way to raise money, she realized making jelly just might work. After much experimentation her own secret recipe came out Lilly Pink, which was perfect. “I do this for my father,” Kris said. “There will never be a cure for cancer, because there is not just one cancer. They are making better drugs, better chemotherapy, and the American Cancer Society does a lot for the cause. I feel if I make a difference in one person’s life, then I’ve accomplished what I had hoped to.” Since she began on the sea grape jelly journey G M


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